Notable Portland: 7/23–7/29


Thursday 7/23: Join Reading Frenzy for their inaugural event in The Logophile Reading Series. The lineup: Leni Zumas, Jenny Forrester, Melanie Alldritt, Nick Mattos, Katrina Carrasco, Nikki Lvne, Thea Prieto, Marina Seaward, and Matthew Robinson. Reading Frenzy, 7 p.m., free.

The In Translation reading and lecture series focuses on translated literature. Sharing work this time will be Susan Bernofsky, who has translated pieces by Franz Kafka, Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, and others. Local author Jay Ponteri, author of Wedlocked, will join her in conversation. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Jeff Koehler reads from his history of one of the world’s most beloved teas, Darjeeling. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

S.L. Stoner reads his historical mystery, Deadline. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 7/24: The Transplanet anthology hosts contributors Jos Charles, Die Dragonetti, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Sara June Woods, and Manuel Arturo Abreu for their West Coast tour reading in northwest Portland. Composition, 8 p.m., free.

Saturday 7/25: With more than 100 authors and publishers representing every genre from fantasy to self-help to literary fiction and poetry, the Northwest Book Festival is an opportunity to get reading this summer. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.

Celebrate 100: a literary journal release party with readings and presentations from the likes of: Ryan Mills, C.E. Putnam, Alexa Mal, Sam Szabo, Robert Duncan Gray, Ben Anderson, Danielle Frandina, and Megan Freshley. IPRC, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 7/26: À Reading series welcomes Natalie Briggs, Mike Young, and Olivia Olivia for this month’s reading. Valentine’s, doors at 5 p.m., reading at 6 p.m., free.

Monday 7/27: Former president Jimmy Carter hosts a book signing in honor of his latest book, A Full Life. Powell’s City of Books, 4 p.m., free.

Trevino L. Brings Plenty will read from his new release, Wakpá Wanáǧi, Ghost River. Sound Grounds, 7 p.m., free.

The PDXX Collective hosts its summer reading featuring Lauren Hudgins, Andrea River Wookie, Tabitha Jensen-Blankenbiller, Tiah Linder, Mary Breaden, and Cooper Lee Bombardier. Crush Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Karolina Waclawiak reads from her latest book, The Invaders, the sequel to her debut novel, How to Get into the Twin Palms . Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 7/28: Joshua Mohr reads from her latest novel, All This Life, and then is joined in conversation with author of The Revolution of Every Day, Cari Luna. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 7/29: Liz Prato reads from her debut short story collection, Baby’s On Fire, and is joined in conversation with Steven Allred and Joanna Rose. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Jessica Jackley, cofounder of micro lending site Kiva, reads from her new book, Clay Water Brick. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Olivia Olivia comes from the same place all sad things come from—the sea. Her writing has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, The Establishment, Ex-Berliner, and the Portland Mercury, among other places. Her speculative memoir set in the afterlife, No One Remembered Your Name But I Wrote It Down, is available through Impossible Wings Press. Prepare yourselves. You can follow her work at, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →